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  • Life: It's not for me,' says healthy 24-year-old Belgium scheduled to die by euthanasia this summer

    06/25/2015 11:22:38 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 32 replies
    Christianexaminer ^ | 24 June, 2015 | Kimberly Pennington
    BELGIUM (Christian Examiner) -- A 24-year-old woman in Belgium is set to die by euthanasia later this summer simply because she has felt since childhood that she wanted to die. According to LifeSite News, euthanasia for psychological reasons is allowed in Belgium when a psychiatrist says a person's psychological pain cannot be relieved in a manner acceptable to the individual. "That means Laura (last name unknown) may be treatable, but Laura has decided that the only acceptable 'treatment' is death," the pro-life news service reports.
  • Doctor Will Kill Healthy 24-Year-Old in Euthanasia Who’s Thought of Suicide Since She Was a Kid

    06/23/2015 2:42:56 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 37 replies
    Life News ^ | 6/22/15 | Alex Schadenberg
    The Belgian euthanasia insanity continues with the case of a 24-year-old healthy woman (Laura) who will die by euthanasia this summer for psychological reasons. The June 19 DeMorgen article by Simone Maas explains (google translated): She has good friends, loves good coffee and theater. And she has felt that she wanted to die ever since childhood. Laura (24): “Life, that’s not for me.” This summer, euthanasia will end her life full of inner conflict, depression and self-destruction. I met the West Flemish Laura at the presentation of the book ‘Libera me’ euthanasia for psychological reasons. Writer Lieve Thienpont is one...
  • Dutch pediatricians: Allow euthanasia for children under 12

    06/23/2015 6:08:16 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 17 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 6/22/15 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    June 22, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- The Dutch Pediatric Association says that allowing teenagers to ask for euthanasia discriminates against younger children and is asking that the age limit for doctor-assisted death be removed.Current Dutch law permits children 12 and older to ask for euthanasia with parental approval while 18-year-olds fall under the regulations governing adults."We feel that an arbitrary age limit such as 12 should be changed and that each child's ability to ask to die should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. If a child under 12 satisfies the same conditions, pediatricians are currently powerless. It's time to address...
  • Study Shows Belgian Patients Euthanized without their Consent [semi-satire]

    06/21/2015 1:04:58 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 20 June 2015 | John Semmens
    Belgium passed its Euthanasia Act in 2002. A study published in this month’s Journal of Medical Ethics by Raphael Cohen-Almagor revealed that despite the law’s requirement that patients voluntarily give their consent to the procedure, many are euthanized without giving consent. The decision to euthanize was not discussed with the patient in nearly 80% of the cases of patients over 80 years old. Dr. Pierre Tueur estimated that “I have probably performed more than 300 of these procedures on patients incapable of giving informed consent. In cases where the patient is unconscious, demented, or unreasonably frightened of death, I feel...
  • Belgian Doctors Are Euthanizing Patients Without Their Consent

    06/19/2015 7:55:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 18, 2015 | 3:05 PM EDT | Abigail Wilkinson
    A study published this month in the Journal of Medical Ethics examined the “deliberate” euthanasia of patients in Belgium without their explicit, voluntary consent as required by law. The study’s author, Raphael Cohen-Almagor, a professor of philosophy and ethics at the United Kingdom’s Hull University, found that life-ending drugs were used “with the intention to shorten life and without explicit request” in 1.7 percent of all deaths in Belgium in 2013. In 52.7 percent of these cases, the patients were 80 years of age or older. The decision to euthanize was not discussed with the patient in 77.9 percent of...
  • Santa Rosa cyclist Paul Stimson dies at 62 (Suicide)

    06/12/2015 9:44:27 PM PDT · by rey · 17 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 12 June 2015 | CLARK MASON
    Less than two months before he died from a neurological disease, Paul Stimson threw a big party for himself — a bit like having your own funeral while you’re still alive — and invited all his friends to come and celebrate his life with him. The April event at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building drew close to 200 people, a kind of who’s who of the Sonoma County bicycling community, including former pro cyclist Levi Leip-heimer. They came to honor Stimson, an accomplished amateur rider and racer, who was dying from ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Cycling was only...
  • (European) Court Rules Disabled Patient Can be Starved to Death Against His Will

    06/05/2015 1:27:32 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 46 replies
    Life News ^ | 6/5/15 | Steven Ertelt
    A European court has issued a ruling that a disabled patient can be starved to death against his will.Vincent Lambert, a tetraplegic patient who has been in a state of minimal consciousness in hospital for six years following a car accident, is current receiving food and water via a feeding tube. The decision to cut his intravenous food and water supply has divided his family. LambertÂ’s doctors and wife wanted to starve him to death while his parents, who are vehemently opposed to ending his life, took his case to court.In January 2014 a court in France ruled against starving...
  • One-in-five ‘vegetative’ patients is misdiagnosed: Study

    06/01/2015 7:40:53 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 18 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/29/15 | Drew Belsky
    May 29, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Around 20 percent of hospital patients condemned as "brain-dead" are misdiagnosed – that is, those patients could be conscious and likely to recover. In fact, they may be as likely to respond to questions as healthy patients – they just lack the ability to communicate with the outside world.Neurosurgeon Adrian Owen of the University of Western Ontario and his colleagues performed brain scans on hospital patients diagnosed as being in what some call a "persistent vegetative state" – i.e., completely unresponsive and lacking brain activity. They asked the patients questions, and a brain scan showed...
  • Pro-life community now supports assisted suicide-MUST READ RE Terri

    04/01/2005 4:15:09 AM PST · by cpforlife.org · 81 replies · 1,524+ views
    kgov.com ^ | April 1, 2005 | Bob Enyart
    You blinked, you missed it. The pro-life community just switched positions; it now supports assisted suicide! In their vital fight to save Florida’s Terri Schiavo from being starved to death by judicial decree, they foolishly hinged their position on the absence of a “written directive.” If the Hemlock Society had tried to pass a federal law legitimizing assisted suicide, pro-lifers would have stopped them. But pro-life leaders have so often compromised on “Thou shall not murder,” they no longer realize when they’re making concessions. They tried desperately to pass the Incapacitated Persons Legal Protection Act which, for the first time...
  • ASSISTED SUICIDE IN OREGON: LESSONS LEARNED AND UNANSWERED QUESTIONS

    04/29/2004 1:16:08 AM PDT · by Deacon_m · 228+ views
    [LifeNews.com ^ | April 29, 2004 | By Alex Schadenberg
    On April 17, 2004 Dr. Kenneth Stevens, the President of Physicians for Compassionate Care (PCC) and a cancer specialist spoke to the provincial pro-life conference in Hamilton. Physicians for Compassionate Care is an organization which was founded in 1995 in response to the legalization of assisted suicide in the State of Oregon. Dr. Kenneth Stevens understands the issue of physician-assisted suicide both personally and professionally. In 1982 his terminally ill wife was told by her doctor that "Nothing more can be done." The doctor then said: "I can write an "extra-large" prescription." Dr. Stevens wife told him that: "he wants...
  • Saying No to Assisted Suicide

    11/10/2001 4:48:10 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 139 replies · 637+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 11/19/2001 | Wesley J. Smith
    The attorney general takes on Oregon. WHEN OREGON VOTERS legalized assisted suicide in 1994, state regulators had a problem. They wanted to authorize doctors to prescribe barbiturates as killing agents. But the federal government regulates the use of these drugs under the Controlled Substances Act, and federal law did not permit their use to intentionally kill. Ordinarily, that would have been that. The feds, not the states, have the final say about what would and would not be a proper use of drugs governed by the Controlled Substances Act. Unfortunately, Oregon's assisted suicide law went into effect during the Clinton ...
  • Baltimore's 'Peaceful Protestors' Destroyed This Disabled Little Boy's Everything

    05/24/2015 10:04:19 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 28 replies
    chicksontheright.com ^ | may 23, 2015 | red dawn
    Although the chaos in Baltimore has seemingly come to an end, the damage is done. Buildings are in shambles, and owners have to rebuild their businesses with nothing left of their livelihood except some garbage and burnt pieces of plastic. There are so many heartbreaking stories of individuals affected by the riots, but this one takes the cake. This mom is trying to figure out what steps to take after the “peaceful protestors” destroyed her severely disabled son’s medical equipment, leaving him with nothing. According to the Washington Post, Laporsha Lawson grabbed her disabled son Khai’Lee Sampson and fled to...
  • Delighting in Death

    05/08/2015 9:34:58 AM PDT · by Lee N. Field · 5 replies
    First Things ^ | April, 2015 | Carl Trueman
    Last week I delivered a guest lecture at a Christian liberal arts college entitled “Each Day Dies With Sleep: Literary and Theological Reflections upon Mortality.” As I thought through the topic over the previous weeks, two superficially disparate questions puzzled me. Why is it that the people most vocally committed to causes connected to death (abortion, assisted suicide, euthanasia) are often the same who are committed to progressive sexual causes? And why do abortion advocates frequently see it not as a necessary evil but as a positive good? As to the first question, that the same people often, though not...
  • 52% of Dutch euthanasia doctors say they would kill patient with dementia

    04/29/2015 8:44:17 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 38 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/28/15 | Jeanne Smits
    April 28, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- More than half of all Dutch physicians specialized in euthanasia would consider approving euthanasia for a demented patient, according to a survey carried out last year and made public last week at an academic symposium held at the VUmc Free University in Amsterdam.“SCEN” doctors – as they are known – form the Support Consultation Euthanasia Network Netherlands whose members can be called upon by family doctors who face a euthanasia request and who need help with the procedure, specialized and independent advice as to whether their patient should “benefit” according to the requirements for “careful”...
  • Kill or get out of medicine!

    04/21/2015 9:02:49 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 14 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/20/15 | Wesley J. Smith
    April 20, 2015 (NationalReview.com) -- Medical martyrdom is coming, a term I coined to describe doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other such professionals being forced (soon) to choose between their callings and participating in the intentional taking of human life.That is already the law of Victoria, Australia, where doctors must perform abortions when asked or refer to a colleague they know will do the deed. Some doctors I met there moved across the country to escape the Draconian diktat.Canada’s Supreme Court recently imposed euthanasia across the country, including for “psychological pain” caused by a diagnosable medical condition. The question now posed is whether doctors...
  • Jeb Bush: Wouldn't have changed anything in Schiavo case

    04/17/2015 10:04:29 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 76 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/17/2015 | JAMES HOHMANN
    Looking back 10 years later, Jeb Bush said Friday he would not have handled the Terri Schiavo saga any differently. “I don’t think I would have changed anything,” the former Florida governor told a woman who asked him about the case at a “Politics and Eggs” event put on by Saint Anselm College’s Institute of Politics. Bush, gearing up for his presidential campaign, has faced renewed scrutiny over his role in the prolonged controversy from 2003 to 2005, during which a brain-dead woman from the Tampa Bay area became the subject of a contentious legal fight between her parents and...
  • Materialism and the Devaluing of Life - Parts 1 & 2

    04/15/2015 8:35:22 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 4/1015 & 4/13/15 | Rick Plasterer
    Part 1 Materialism focuses attention on material security and quality of life in this world, yet the continued consistent application of the ideal of a high quality of life finally results in a devaluing and loss of life. That was the message of speakers at the L'Abri Fellowship conference on Life and Liberty, held Feb. 13-14 in Rochester, Minnesota, in two presentations that focused particularly on euthanasia and the history of the American eugenics movement. Henk Reitsma of the L'Abri Fellowship's Dutch facility discussed the deterioration of respect for life in the Netherlands under the impact of the legalization and...
  • Assisted Suicide -- It's Civil Rights for the Affluent

    04/12/2015 6:24:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 12, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    The assisted-suicide movement is the rare self-proclaimed civil rights movement that exists to cater to the wishes of affluent Americans. On Tuesday, the California Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on SB 128, a bill to legalize assisted suicide in the state. (Proponents don't like the word suicide, so they call the measure the "End of Life Option Act.") Supporters talk of their fear of medical personnel's prolonging their lives, of pain and lack of autonomy; opponents fear that the bill's passage would represent a callous act of cultural abandonment of the sick and disabled. I don't mean to suggest...
  • Dem lawmaker proposes euthanizing the disabled

    04/04/2015 3:06:20 PM PDT · by Kyle Olson
    The American Mirror ^ | 4/4/15 | Olaf Ekberg
    McDonald’s announced that over 90,000 employees will receive a pay raise effective July 1, 2015. After recent employee protests and slow sales, McDonald’s appears to be raising salaries to solve employee relation problems and improve it’s image with consumers.
  • Rep irked by cuts mockingly suggests euthanasia for disabled (Dem in NH)

    04/03/2015 9:51:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 3, 2015 12:24 PM EDT
    A New Hampshire state representative exasperated by budget cuts to programs serving disabled people has mockingly suggested the next step would be euthanasia. NH1 reports that the comment by Democratic Rep. Michael Cahill of Newmarket came during Wednesday’s budget debate. Cahill said since budget writers “are refusing to raise revenues” to fund programs for the disabled, “have you looked at euthanasia?” …
  • Fox News Poll: More families feel worse than better as a result of ObamaCare

    04/02/2015 10:31:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 03, 2015 | Dana Blanton
    More voters say their family is worse off than better off under ObamaCare. In addition, most of those who had to change their insurance coverage because of the health care law say it cost them money. That’s according to a Fox News poll released Thursday. Overall, 42 percent say the country is worse off under the 2010 health care law. Some 44 percent felt that way last year (June 2014). […] Clearly partisanship plays a role: 73 percent of Republicans say the country is worse off under Obamacare, while just 12 percent of Democrats feel that way. Has the law...
  • Ten Years Ago Today, Terri Schiavo Lived Her Last Day. Then She Was Starved to Death

    03/31/2015 1:51:41 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 83 replies
    Life News ^ | 3/31/15 | Steven Ertelt
    On March 30, 2005, Terri Schiavo had her last full day of life on this earth and both her family and Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life will never forget the last moments they shared with the woman whose former husband won a court order to take her life.Terri was killed on March 31, 2005 when her former husband won a protracted legal battle against the Schindler family for the right to disconnect her feeding tube. Doctors who examined Terri say she was not in a persistent vegetative state and that her condition could have been improved has she...
  • When ‘alleviating suffering’ turns into killing the most vulnerable

    03/31/2015 9:05:39 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 24 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/30/15 | Eric Metaxas
    March 30, 2015 (BreakPoint.org) -- In 1997, the Supreme Court ruled in Vacco v. Quill that there was no constitutional right to physician-assisted suicide. Those of us here at BreakPoint recall how Chuck Colson and others breathed a sigh of relief.But a lot has changed in 18 years. What was legally unthinkable then is oh so thinkable today. And even if the Court doesn’t reverse itself, at least eighteen states and the District of Columbia are contemplating following the lead of Oregon and several European countries, most notably the Netherlands and Belgium.That’s why a vitally important Heritage Foundation paper by Ryan T....
  • I Will Never Forget the Look of Horror on My Sister Terri Schiavo’s Face the Day She Died

    03/30/2015 7:32:01 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 71 replies
    http://www.lifenews.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | Bobby Schindler
    On March 18, 2005, my sister, Terri Schiavo, began her thirteen day agonizing death after the feeding tube – supplying her food and water – was removed. Terri was cognitively disabled and had difficulty swallowing and therefore needed a feeding tube. Terri was not on any “life support”, nor was she sick or dying. Nonetheless, she received her death sentence ordered by Circuit Court Judge, George W. Greer of Pinellas County Florida. Greer’s order to remove Terri’s feeding tube was in response to her estranged husband and guardian, Michael Schiavo, requesting permission from the court to kill his disabled wife....
  • Why euthanasia is partially blind to love

    03/27/2015 7:59:33 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 21 replies
    Scottish Catholic Observer ^ | 3/27/1 | Fr. Ronald Rolheiser
    Raissa Maritain, the philosopher and spiritual writer, died some months after suffering a stroke. During those months she lay in a hospital bed, unable to speak. After her death, her husband, the renowned philosopher, Jacques Maritain, in preparing her journals for publication, wrote these words: “At a moment when everything collapsed for both of us, and which as followed by four agonising months, Raissa was walled in herself by a sudden attack of aphasia. Whatever progress she made during several weeks by sheer force of intelligence and will, all deep communication remained cut off. And subsequently, after a relapse, she...
  • New York Assembly Passes Bill Allowing Shooting Babies Through the Heart With Poison to Kill Them

    03/26/2015 4:17:18 PM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Life News ^ | 3/25/15 | Steven Ertelt
    **SNIP** For years, the state legislature has been embroiled in a mulch-year battle over a package of bills designed to push the interests of women. The bills have been held up in part because it includes a measure that would promote late-term abortions in the Empire State. Despite strenuous support from pro-abortion Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the legislature has refused to pass the package of bills because of the abortion measure. The abortion bill would allow an abortion procedure that has abortionists shooting poison through the hearts of unborn children to kill them. Now, the state Assembly has approved part of...
  • The Atlantic pushes killing for organs

    03/25/2015 8:28:58 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 35 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/24/15 | Wesley J. Smith
    March 24, 2015 (NationalReview.com) -- I have repeatedly warned about articles published in medical and bioethics journals advocating killing the profoundly disabled or dying for their organs.The assault on the “dead donor rule” has now filtered down to the popular media. The Atlantic has an article advocating that dying patients be killed for their organs rather than having to actually, you know, die first. From, “As They Lay Dying:” A more useful ethical standard could involve the idea of “imminent death.” Once a person with a terminal disease reaches a point when only extraordinary measures will delay death; when use (or...
  • Mother of seven faces being removed from life support on Tuesday against family’s wishes

    03/24/2015 6:46:54 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 28 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/23/15 | Dustin Siggins
    March 23, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The fight for life for the family of Lisa Avila, a mother of seven, continues.Avila, who has been in a coma for nearly six weeks, has been surrounded by family and friends who do not want Anaheim Regional Medical Center to remove the medical care that is keeping her alive.The hospital had planned to withdraw care on Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. local time, but chose to extend the deadline until Tuesday at noon.According to Avila's family, however, that's not enough time for their wife and mother to recover. They are insisting that she...
  • Enough Fighting: Time for Libertarians and Conservatives to Unite [retread zot]

    03/23/2015 7:54:24 AM PDT · by Kaled · 143 replies
    Raging Against The Rhetoric ^ | 03-18-2015 | Jackie Wellfonder
    Conservatives often find themselves at odds with the libertarian crowd. However, is that anger really warranted? As President Reagan once said, “If you analyze it, I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.” True conservatives and libertarians, let’s not pretend there aren’t fakers on both side, all agree on the fundamentals: limited government, personal responsibility, and economic freedom. Neither group wants the government interfering in our daily lives and telling us what we can and cannot do. Now there may be slight disagreements on how that plays out in the policy arena, but we should not allow...
  • REMEMBRANCE OF EASTER 2005

    03/21/2015 7:44:58 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    Mrs. Don-o ^ | March 21, 2015 | Mrs Don-o
    REMEMBRANCE of EASTER 2005 Crowd my eyes, you bevies of daffodils, And you forsythias in throngs of cheer, Dandelion galaxies and fountains of trees. Fill my mouth with the breath of hyacinths, you purple air And you roistering breeze. And you quince-buds so eager, you swelling seeds, You squirrels running stitches across the loom Of woven grasses, inflorescent weeds; Jasmine-bush, loop me with your lariats of perfume. Fill me, small birds, with your versicles, And chuckled replies. She is bleeding from the mouth and eyes. Sate me then, Sun, all dapple and spangle Crowd out all else Lade me...
  • TERRI SCHIAVO PLUS TEN

    03/21/2015 4:52:13 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 8 replies
    3/21/2015 | Self
    It was in the early morning hours of Monday March 21st, 2005 that a Republican controlled Congress wrapped up a weekend series of sessions to pass legislation related to Terri Schiavo's case to allow federal courts to consider her right of due process. Final Senate passage of House Bill 203 came at 12:41 am and shortly thereafter President George W. Bush stepped out of his bedroom at the White House to sign the bill in a hallway. There was hope and fear surrounding the legislation. Hope from lawyers trying to save Terri's life and fear from Michael Schiavo. An emotional...
  • Letters needed to stop assisted suicide bill

    03/16/2015 11:39:02 AM PDT · by celmak · 26 replies
    California Family Alliance ^ | 03/13/2015 | Lori Arnold
    As we feared, the most egregious bill introduced this session is Senate Bill (SB) 128, a concerted effort to legalize physician-assisted suicide. Despite failing to pass similar laws five previous times in California, supporters of these so-called “Death with Dignity” laws have been emboldened by both a national effort to expand legalized physician-assisted suicide from coast to coast, and by the high-profile case of a 29-year-old California cancer patient who moved to Oregon to end her life there. While many such cases are tragic, just three states have succumbed to the legalization efforts of pro-death forces. Only Oregon, Washington and...
  • THE GREAT TERRI SCHIAVO DIVIDE

    03/06/2015 7:39:49 AM PST · by wagglebee · 36 replies
    First Things ^ | 3/6/15 | Wesley J.Smith
    At the end of this month, Terri Schiavo will be ten years dead. But she is far from forgotten. Everyone reading these words knows the story, and everyone has an opinion. What began in 1990 as a private tragedy—a vivacious young woman stricken in the prime of life with a severe cognitive disability—became a source of profound cultural division, as likely to spark debate today as when the case first broke into the public’s consciousness. Why has her story remained so potent? Part of it has to do with the high-profile and vituperative legal and public-relations battle between Terri’s...
  • Contraception gave us divorce and gay ‘marriage’ and will destroy us: here’s how

    03/05/2015 8:05:00 AM PST · by wagglebee · 17 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/4/15 | David F. Prentis
    March 4, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- Although there has always been contraception, its acceptance and practice by society as a whole is a relatively new phenomenon. In the first part of the 20th century barrier methods became through mass production increasingly used. However, with the advent of the hormonal contraceptive pill in the 1960s the contraceptive era, ushering in the sexual revolution, really took off.The term “revolution” is by no means exaggerated, for the result was a fundamental change in the understanding of human sexuality in society. With the pill, people thought, nothing can happen, i.e. no child could be conceived....
  • Third Doctor Says Jahi McMath is Not Brain Dead, Family Wants Death Certificate Revoked

    02/16/2015 8:41:02 AM PST · by wagglebee · 65 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/16/15 | Wesley J. Smith
    According to a media report out of New Jersey, a third doctor–the others are Shewmon and Calixto–has signed a declaration stating Jahi McMath is not brain dead. The family attorney Chris Dolan says he will petition the California Secretary of State to rescind the death certificate. From the N.J.com story: Dolan provided NJ Advance Media with signed declarations from four doctors, including Charles J. Prestigiacomo, director of Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery at University Hospital in Newark and chair of the neurological surgery department at Rutgers, stating that McMath isn’t brain dead.“The brain structure evidenced in the MRI is not consistent...
  • Netherlands is the Euthanasia Capital of the World, Will America and Britain Follow?

    02/13/2015 9:31:44 AM PST · by wagglebee · 15 replies
    Life News ^ | 2/13/15 | Wesley J. Smith
    Newsweek has a long article–in which I briefly appear–exploring how and why the euthanasia monster broke its fetters to turn the Netherlands into ground zero for the culture of death (now seriously challenged by the even more death-enthusiastic Belgians).Reporter Winston Ross interviewed experts and the impacted on both sides of the issue, so you should read the whole thing. What I wanted to share here, are the theories about why Netherlanders have permitted euthanasia with virtually no meaningful limits.First, media propaganda. From, “Dying Dutch: Once a supporter of euthanasia, he’s now one of its most vocal critics. Among the reasons...
  • Colorado rejects right-to-die legislation

    02/06/2015 10:01:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 7, 2015 12:03 AM EST | Ivan Moreno
    Colorado lawmakers rejected a proposal to give dying patients the option to seek doctors’ help ending their lives, concluding a long day of emotional testimony from more than 100 people.For one lawmaker who voted no, the issue was personal. Tearfully telling her colleagues she was a cancer survivor, Democratic Rep. Dianne Primavera recalled how a doctor told her she wouldn’t live more than five years. But she found a doctor who gave her a different opinion. […] A House committee considering the bill voted 8-5 against it after dozens of people with serious illnesses and others who have seen relatives...
  • BREAKING: Canada’s top court rules doctors can help kill patients; overturns assisted suicide law

    02/06/2015 12:15:32 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 11 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/6/15 | Pete Baklinski
    In a momentous ruling this morning, Canada’s highest court unanimously ruled to open the door to a doctor helping kill someone nearing the end-of-life stage, a ruling comparable to the sweeping Morgentaler ruling 27 years ago that allowed a doctor to kill someone at the earliest pre-born stage of life. In Carter v. Canada, the Court overturned a previous law prohibiting assisted suicide, in effect reversing the previous 1993 Rodriguez decision in which it said the state’s obligation to “protect the vulnerable” outweighed the rights of the individual to self-determination. The ruling makes Canada join the ranks of Switzerland, the...
  • Canada’s top court rules doctors can help kill patients; overturns assisted suicide law

    02/06/2015 10:05:33 AM PST · by wagglebee · 14 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/6/15 | Pete Baklinski
    OTTAWA, February 6, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) — In a momentous ruling this morning, Canada’s highest court unanimously ruled to open the door to a doctor helping kill someone nearing the end-of-life stage, a ruling comparable to the sweeping Morgentaler ruling 27 years ago that allowed a doctor to kill someone at the earliest pre-born stage of life. In Carter v. Canada, the Court overturned a previous law prohibiting assisted suicide, in effect reversing the previous 1993 Rodriguez decision in which it said the state’s obligation to “protect the vulnerable” outweighed the rights of the individual to self-determination. The ruling makes Canada join...
  • Doctor-assisted suicide allowed by Supreme Court in specific cases

    02/06/2015 8:35:24 AM PST · by RansomOttawa · 7 replies
    CBC News ^ | Feb. 6, 2015 | Laura Payton
    People with grievous and irremediable medical conditions should have the right to ask a doctor to help them die, Canada's highest court says in a unanimous ruling.. The Supreme Court of Canada says a law that makes it illegal for anyone to help a person commit suicide should be amended to allow doctors to help in specific situations. The ruling only applies to competent adults with enduring, intolerable suffering who clearly consent to ending their lives. The court has given federal and provincial governments 12 months to craft legislation to respond to the ruling; the ban on doctor-assisted suicide stands...
  • Texas boy breathing on his own after hospital tried to have him declared ‘brain dead’

    02/02/2015 3:30:36 PM PST · by wagglebee · 54 replies
    LifeSiteNew ^ | 2/2/15 | Kirsten Andersen
    CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, February 2, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- A 12-year-old Texas boy who slipped into a coma after suffering a severe asthma attack has begun breathing on his own – just hours after hospital officials fought to take him off life support because they believed he was legally “brain dead.”  Now, his family has obtained a court order requiring the hospital to provide nourishment to the boy via a feeding tube, and hope to have him transferred to another facility within the week.Joey Cronin has been at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi since January 14, when he suffered cardiac...
  • Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me, When I’m 64? A Refutation of Assisted Suicide

    01/28/2015 7:56:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Arhcdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-27-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me, When I’m 64? A Refutation of the Latest Assisted Suicide Bill By: Msgr. Charles PopeA bill has been introduced in the Washington D.C. City Council to legalize assisted suicide. And thus yet another battle is before us in the cultural meltdown of our land. Unpleasant though it is, dear reader, consider with me the proposed legislation and why we, as both Christians and those dedicated to Natural Law and the common good, must vigorously oppose it.As a tool for reflection, I am using an article published recently on the website DCist.com. I...
  • Larson: Black Lives Matter Indeed

    01/27/2015 7:49:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Twin Falls Times-News ^ | January 27, 2015 | Neal Larson
    I sometimes gauge the virtue of a particular public policy by posing a hypothetical question: What if we promoted this policy exclusively within a disadvantaged sector? Secular progressives love assisted suicide. They fawned all over Brittany Maynard’s decision to take her own life last year, declaring the beauty of such a thoughtful, pensive, decision. After all, any decision that requires so much deep thought and garners a large online following must be the right one. So here’s the test. What if we marketed assisted suicide as an option, especially to inner-city blacks? Television commercials and billboards could tout a peaceful...
  • After 12 Years in a Coma This Man Said “I Was Aware of Everything,” But He’s Not The Only One

    01/23/2015 8:05:13 AM PST · by wagglebee · 110 replies
    Life News ^ | 1/23/15 | Ken Connor
    The history of human knowledge as it relates to the human body is a fascinating and terrible thing. In every age, the ability for physicians and other medical practitioners to effectively treat wounds or combat disease has been constrained by the technology – or lack thereof – available at the time. In the past, people often died from illnesses or injuries that are quite treatable today. Over the centuries, we’ve come a long way. Our understanding of human physiology and biology has enabled us to improve quality of life and extend life expectancy beyond anything our ancestors could have imagined.Despite...
  • New York Times Wants to Force Nursing Homes to Starve Alzheimer’s Patients to Death

    01/21/2015 12:54:18 PM PST · by wagglebee · 27 replies
    Life News ^ | 1/21/15 | Wesley J. Smith
    Immoral bioethical policies and practices advance toward implementation through discourse–first in professional journals, and then in elite popular media columns.That process is now gearing up regarding what I call “VSED-by-Proxy.”VSED stands for “voluntary stopping eating and drinking”–suicide by self-starvation–pushed for the elderly and others by those compaaaaa–ssssss–ionate death zealots at the Hemlock Society Compassion and Choices.But what about mentally incompetent residents of nursing homes who willingly eat, but who years previously stated in an advance medical directive that they wanted to be made dead by starvation under such circumstances?We see increasing advocacy in bioethics that nursing homes be required to...
  • State Senators Look to Introduce ‘Death With Dignity’ Legislation This Month

    01/15/2015 4:56:01 PM PST · by 9thLife · 8 replies
    New York Observer ^ | 01/15/15 9:23am | By Jillian Jorgensen
    After a terminally ill woman made headlines when she moved to Oregon so she could end her life under a doctor’s care, two State Senators are hoping to bring a similar law to New York. “There are only five states in the country that allow for people to make end of life decisions similar to what Oregon does, and New York is not one of them,” State Senator Diane Savino told the Observer. Brittany Maynard, 29, was suffering from brain cancer when she ended her life November 1 with a lethal dose of secobarbital prescribed by her physician. In New...
  • Canadian proposal to euthanize incompetent

    01/14/2015 6:32:07 AM PST · by wagglebee · 28 replies
    LifeSiteNew ^ | 1/13/15 | Wesley J. Smith
    In the 1990s the Canadian Supreme Court ruled that assisted suicide is not a constitutional right. But the Court has again taken up the issue–and hence, I suspect the handwriting is on the wall.  That seems so clear that culture of death advocates are already making serious proposals to determine the look of the beast that seems to be a-aborning. University of Victoria bioethicist Eike-Henner W. Kluge has made news with a “Legislative Proposal” that would:1. Establish euthanasia death courts–also being proposed in the UK–in a country that doesn’t permit capital punishment;2. Allow a broad license to be euthanized based on almost wholly subjective criteria;3....
  • Man Awakens After 12 Years in a “Vegetative State,” Says “I Was Aware of Everything”

    01/12/2015 5:26:57 PM PST · by Coleus · 110 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | 1/12/15 | Sarah Zagorski 1/12/15
    In the 1980’s, 12-year-old Martin Pistorious became seriously ill with what doctor’s believed was Cryptococci Meningitis. His health started deteriorating and Martin lost his ability to move, make eye contact and even speak to others. His doctors told his parents, Rodney and Joan Pistorious, to bring him home and let him die. They told them he was as good as a vegetable.However, he didn’t die. Joan said, “Martin just kept going, just kept going.” According to NPR news, his father would get up at 5 o’clock in the morning, get him dressed, load him in the car, take him to...
  • Duty to Die: Author Says Too Few People in Oregon are Requesting Assisted Suicide

    01/12/2015 8:10:58 AM PST · by wagglebee · 26 replies
    Life News ^ | 1/12/15 | Wesley J. Smith
    Just as an illustration of where too many among the intelligentsia and technocratic classes are concerning euthanasia: I would like to briefly review a book review by former New England Journal of Medicine executive editor–and assisted suicide booster–Marcia Angell.Angell reviews Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Atul Gawande. I have read the book and written a review, not yet published, so I can’t expound on that here. But I would like to focus on Angell’s increasing zeal for legalizing assisted suicide–and now, in this review, euthanasia.Angell spends about a quarter of her long review discussing just...
  • Europe's Euthanasia Craze

    01/09/2015 12:24:27 PM PST · by wagglebee · 7 replies
    First Things ^ | 1/9/15 | Tom Wilson
    The case of Frank Van Den Bleeken—the Belgian murderer and rapist who requested to be euthanized rather than spend life in prison—has provoked its fair share of comment. And rightly so, for the facts of this case are shocking. But far more shocking is the rapidly growing euthanasia culture that made this whole affair possible. The increasing normalization of euthanasia is just one of many social trends that reveals a Europe that is becoming profoundly estranged from its Judeo-Christian heritage. As that happens, European societies are losing the moral and spiritual anchor with which to resist the gradual slide into...